the following didnt make it into BoLH but is not considered canon, but who cares? Chris Howard rocks.

The Red Branch
Let us diverge for a second and speak of the Red Branch, since that has long been a point of contention between House Scathach and the other houses. I would never deny the invaluable contributions the Seelie houses made in forming and supporting this noble order, while at the same time regretting the anachronistic feudal structure they persist in following. If it was not for us, I doubt that there would be any commoners in the order, though Iím sure you would not consider that a drawback. From time to time other houses have tried to turn it into a tool to further their personal agendas, though the orderís strict moral code has made it an unwieldy tool for even the most skilled would-be manipulators. The first and only time we ever influenced the Red Branch was through its one time leader CķChulainn, and that was to enshrine a self-governance code in its oath. The Red Branch must retain its autonomy, even from us.

The Escheat
If nothing else, the Escheat is a valuable code for keeping the Kithain from killing each other. Most fae give at least lip-service to these laws, though, like you of House Balor, we have our own interpretation of its provisions.

The Right of Demesne
Let us strip away the rhetoric that frequently surrounds this provision and see it for what it has become: A tool to prop up the nobility at the expense of the common fae. In case I sound too much like a Ranter in this regard, I will concede that it also calls upon fae to respect the property of commoners, but really ó who controls the majority of property among the Kithain? The noble houses snatched up the vast majority of trods and freeholds during the Accordance War, and precious little of it has found its way back into commoner hands.

The Right to Dream
Most fae of both courts see this as a practical law, after all, Ravaging depletes the Glamour supply. While we fae can shape and encourage human dreams through our activities, our meddling is just as often harmful to the Dreaming. Changelings of our house follow this law for reasons that transcend the merely practical. We have seen the destruction of dreams and dreamers during the Interregnum ; even the Unseelie among us use Ravaging only in emergencies.

The Right of Ignorance
This is a sensible precaution from a security standpoint, and one we rarely have difficulty following. We have lived among humans long enough to know what trouble can come from exposing our secrets. Of course, we are adaptable and, as with any other rules, we will break them if the situation warrants it. We have occasionally traded our secrets with those prodigals whom we deem trustworthy and useful.

The Right of Rescue
Just because we are often at odds with other fae, does not mean that we do not take this provision seriously. One Undoing diminishes us all and we do not allow fellow Kithain to fall to Banality lightly. Having said this, I am sure, as a scion of Balor, you can appreciate the concept that the fae as a whole are best served by the premature 'retirement' of some malcontents. Maybe a decade working behind the counter of a Quicky-Mart somewhere will give the offender a better perspective on the privilege of being Kithain.

The Right of Safe Haven
As wanderers, we more commonly request this right rather than grant it, though in truth we rarely do either. We are creatures of trods, not of freeholds. Where we do have property, it is usually a manor house or similar dwelling, far from other fae in either the Dreaming or the Autumn World. We prefer our solitude. Even so, we share a certain campfire camaraderie and rarely turn someone in need from our door.

The Right of Life
Again, this laudable sounding sentiment has been used to create divisions between the rulers and the governed. While Kithain claim this as an immutable law, the reality is that the noble class holds some lives far more valuable than others. 'Sidhe life is more valued than that of the common fae who, after all, reincarnate.' Perhaps this is true, perhaps not. The fundamental difference between commoners and sidhe is the Changeling Way Ritual and, as the only sidhe who have undergone this transformation, I can assure you that the jury is still out on this one. Itís convenient for the other houses to maintain this tradition. It means that killing a noble generally entails harsher penalties than killing a commoner. It also means that most sidhe see our conversion as a danger to this legal chicanery. Is it then any wonder that most houses do not welcome us at their door?



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